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  Center For Inclusive Child Care E-News

CICC E-News Issue #17, July-August 2010

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The Pyramid Model: A Model for Supporting Social Competence and Preventing Challenging Behaviors

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Minnesota and TACSEI (Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children) have formed an exciting partnership.

The Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence is a central part of the Minnesota/TACSEI partnership. This is a tiered intervention model that includes evidence-based interventions to promote children’s development in the social, emotional, and behavioral domains.

The most important and exciting feature of the Pyramid Model is that it is not just about learning new skills and techniques, instead it is about developing a philosophy of being proactive and intentional in teaching and supporting young children in their social emotional development.

New Additions to the CICC Learning Center

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New Self-Study Course

A new self-study course will soon be added to the CICC website, Youth Program and Activity Adaptations for Children with Special Needs. Before and after school, youth and community based programs for children/youth ages 6–12 are dynamic environments that provide opportunities to include participants with a wide range of skills and abilities. This self-study course will examine administrative procedures, program designs, and adaptations to support inclusion in youth and school age programs.

Self-study courses offer an in-depth approach on many topics. They include visual click through units and an MP3 audio version for download or online listening, plus supplemental handouts. Register online and take all courses for free. Pass the optional exam and you can receive a certificate good for one CEU (there is a $25 per CEU processing fee). Expect up to 10 hours for course completion.

Self-Study Courses can be accessed at:

New Info Module

A new info module has been added to the CICC website, Practical Tips for Sharing Developmental Concerns with Families.Families and providers experience a range of emotions when they first suspect a child may have some developmental delays or concerns. This info module offers practical tips for talking with families when concerns arise. It also includes an overview of developmental milestones and observation techniques.

The CICC online Info Modules short, click-through tutorials are designed to provide an overview on various disability topics. An integrated quiz tests for specific knowledge, and a perfect score is followed with a link to a free certificate of completion good for a .25 clock hour.
Info Modules can be accessed at:

QuickCues by Fraser

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Fraser staff has been busy developing tools for children with special needs to support their inclusion in the community through increased skill development.  The following are a few of the newest products: QuickQues logoQuickCues is a social script app designed for iPods and iPhones that helps teens and young adults on the autism spectrum handle new situations and learn new skills. Social scripts have been used successfully for years, but QuickCues makes these tools mobile and easy to use in everyday situations. Visit for more details and to see a demo of the app.

Coming Soon:  My Healthy Smiles, in app format.  This is social scripts in an app designed for children developmentally between the ages of 3 and 10 to teach good oral health and to make dental visits more comfortable.

Autism Internet Modules

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Developed by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA), the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Toronto's Geneva Centre for Autism, this series of online learning modules includes information on assessment and identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders, recognizing and understanding behaviors and characteristics, transition to adulthood, employment, and numerous evidence-based practices and interventions.

All module content has been written by ASD experts from across the U.S., including the Arizona Department of Education, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, and the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disorders. In addition, OCALI staff members have designed each module to be consistent with research on how adults learn; information is presented at a universal reading level, and interactive activities both reinforce knowledge and teach learners how to make the latest research applicable to real life.

Autism Internet Modules are free of charge and require a simple login. They can be found at: .

Upcoming Training of Trainers

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Online Training of Trainer courses provide professionals with engaging learning opportunities across various topics for a fraction of the cost of traveling, hotels, and other conference costs.
Gain valuable training skills and content which you can turn around and present in your own workshops. CEUs are also available with each course at an additional fee. Check out the upcoming courses below.

Two New Resources on the CICC Website

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Promoting Language and Literacy Skills in Children with Down Syndrome
Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 29, 2010

Investigators at the FPG Child Development Institute recently published a new Snapshot summarizing the findings of a literature review on factors that may influence language development of individuals with Down syndrome. Based on this review, recommendations are provided that emphasize the importance of early and continued language and literacy interventions. To learn more, see Promoting Language and Literacy Skills in Children with Down Syndrome, FPG Snapshot no. 60 (June 2010) at

Free Multicultural Publications for Parents Available

PACER has published a series of eye-catching brochures for reaching families from diverse cultures who may have concerns about their child’s development. The materials were developed under a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education and are free to Minnesota organizations and school districts.
The easy-to-understand brochures and accompanying handout are available in culturally specific versions for families who speak Hmong, Somali, Spanish, and Russian. English versions, available to all parents but especially directed to American Indian and African American parents, also accompany each order of translated materials. There is specific space to affix a label providing local contact information on the back page of the brochure.
For more information about ordering hard copies, contact
Barb Ziemke at or 952-838-9000.

View brochures online at 

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Funding for these grant activities is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds are from federal award, Grants to States – Special Education, Preschool grants, CFDA 84.173A of P.L. 108-466 IDEA and amendment thereto.”